Environment

Environment
9:10 am
Wed February 26, 2014

ODF Hosts Discussion Sessions On New Forest Management Plan

Elliott State Forest
Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is drafting a new plan to better manage timber harvest, recreation, and wildlife habitat.

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weather
6:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Storm Impacts Mt. Pisgah, OR Country Fair

Many trees at Mt Pisgah Arboretum were affected by the ice storm earlier this month.
Credit Mt Pisgah Arboretum

The 1999 fire that burned Mt. Pisgah grasslands also benefited the site by eradicating poison oak. Similarly, the winter storm earlier this month both damaged and enhanced the Lane County arboretum.  Tom LoCascio, Mt. Pisgah site manager, says the deciduous forest got hit:

LoCascio:  “We saw a lot of tops breaking out of trees.  It seemed like the oaks in particular took it pretty hard, and some of the big leaf maples as well.”

In assessing damage, LoCascio says, sometimes we consider only the individual species, the single oak tree,

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Endangered Species
6:43 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Stalking Puget Sound Steelhead with Science

Crew members of the research vessel "Chasina" drop an acoustic telemetry receiver down into Puget Sound. The device will record the passage of tagged steelhead.
Credit Ashley Ahearn

Steelhead in Puget Sound have been listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act since 2007.

Millions of dollars have been spent improving the habitat of this iconic fish, but the population isn’t increasing.
In fact, a lot of the fish aren’t even making it out of Puget Sound.
And scientists can’t pinpoint why. KUOW’s Ashley Ahearn jumped in a boat with one scientist who’s looking for answers.

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Clean Stove Technologies
2:15 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

InStove Collaboration Brings Zambian Ambassador, Cottage Grove Mayor, Together

His Excellency, Ambassador Mulonda and Cottage Grove Mayor Thomas Munroe exchange gifts to each other
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

InStove, which produces and develops cleaner cooking technologies, is drawing international figures to Cottage Grove. This Week, Zambian Ambassador, His Excellency Palan Mulonda met with researchers, and government officials, including Cottage Grove Mayor Thomas Munroe.

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Environment
7:23 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Eugene Council Tables Talk Of Buying Amazon Headwaters Property

The headwaters of Eugene's Amazon Creek.
Credit saveamazonheadwaters.org

The Eugene City Council put off a decision to purchase the 26-acre Beverly property in south Eugene. At a work session Wednesday council members unanimously voted to table the discussion.

Heather Sielicki is with the Southeast Neighbors Association. She says she’s disappointed with the decision to delay a vote to purchase the lots.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Local Food Group Continues To Push For Anti-GMO Measure

Attorney Ann Kneeland
Credit Karen Richards

The group "Support Local Food Rights" continues to fight to get its anti-GMO initiative on the November ballot in Lane County. Today (Tuesday) a judge heard challenges to the measure's wording.

The local food group wants to restrict genetically engineered seeds from being grown in Lane County. A Junction City farmer who plants genetically modified sugar beets claims the title of the ordinance is not legal.

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Volcanoes
8:43 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Volcanic Eruptions Could Be More Rare Than You Think

Researchers may soon be able to better predict when a volcano will erupt because of findings that show magma under the surface may not be as hot as previously thought.
Credit Eric Klemetti, Denison University

Right before a volcano erupts, molten rock, known as magma, is moving around underneath the surface. New research suggests this liquid magma is very rare. That’s an important finding for researchers trying to predict when a volcano may erupt.

Magma may not be bubbling beneath the Northwest’s volcanoes as much as you think.

Researchers studying Mount Hood have found that magma is often too cold to move around so much. And cold, here, is a relative term. About 750 degrees Celsius.

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Weather
2:06 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Heavy Rain Slows Fallen Tree Recovery Process

The Eugene Public Works Department says it may take weeks to recover from extensive damage caused by last week's ice storm, and this weekend's heavy rain isn't helping. Carrie Peterson is a Spokeswoman for the Public Works Department. She says the heavy rain is over-saturating the soil and causing already weakened trees to uproot entirely.

Petterson: "So the areas we once had cleared for the roadways and bike paths are now having trees fall on them again."

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Bee Health
2:03 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Major Retailers To Be Asked To Stop Selling Pesticides, Garden Plants.

A dead Honey Bee
Credit beyondtoxics.org

Valentine's Day celebrates the "birds and the bees." Lately, bees have not been doing so well. Saturday, thousands of people in five cities including Eugene will ask major retailers to remove certain pesticides and garden plants, blamed for killing bee populations.

Supporters want major retailers Home Depot and Lowes to stop selling pesticides and garden plants containing neonicotinoids . The chemical is used to fight aphids and other leaf eating insects. Lisa Arkin of the environmental group Beyond Toxics says neonicotinoids are found in the soil of plants sold at those stores.

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weather
11:57 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Crews Work to Restore Power to Thousands After Storm

Credit EWEB Facebook page

Thousands of Oregonians were still without power Monday morning after Saturday's ice storm. Crews from local utilities have been working long hours to restore it but for a few people the wait may go into tomorrow.

As of Monday morning about 14 hundred Eugene Water & Electric customers were without power.  EWEB's Joe Harwood estimates Saturday morning about 6 thousand had their power out. Harwood says Saturday's ice storm was unprecedented:

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